Without a doubt–the longest chapter of the Bible and the longest psalm; Psalms 119 is a collection of David’s thoughts on life. If one looks closely, it is apparent that it is a walk through the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter describing a thought or principle. We will look at a group of them this week. Today, A & B. David begins the walk through his thoughts at a place where we all can relate–When we walk with him and trust him, he makes our life rich and meaningful.
David celebrates the idea that following God and his word is a great life. God lays down the law clearly, and as such; he makes our path clear and straight. Solomon, David’s son, reiterated the thought in Proverbs 3, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding–acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your path’s straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
David also reminds us that to remain blameless, God’s word should be locked into our heart. We don’t casually glance at the word–we ingest it. We store it in our lives to use often. It is truly our weapon of choice against spiritual attack. We keep it at the ready–to face life’s trials and Satan’s attacks. When we do, we can walk head up; facing forward and walking toward God and Home (Heaven). First thoughts are always important. David’s were clear, Walk with the Lord and keep his word at the ready!
God Bless You
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
3 they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
The shortest psalm gives the greatest message–not Long, not complex but as poignant and real a message to God and to his chosen. There is nothing we could do, no one we can be, nowhere we can live that would ever overshadow the greatness of our God! His love and faithfulness commands our reverence, his grace our praise. We deserve death, hell and a life of emptiness–through him we receive a life of peace, purpose, provision and power!
He is the GREAT I AM. He does not need our praise or devotion, but he gives us a life ad a purpose that makes our hearts burst with that praise and devotion. Thank You Lord for your love and faithfulness. Theu will make me ever devoted, always grateful and praising your name forever!
God Bless You
- Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 make it clear, as a group of folks; what we deserve is death. We all have sinned and that sin separates us from God; but, God demonstrated his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! Romans 5:8. So, you may ask, why is the Roman road passing through Psalm 112. Like the people of old, our righteousness comes by faith.
The psalmist was not speaking of perfect people; when he recounted the rewards of the reverent. He was simply telling Israel–that fearing God, and trusting him; would provide for them a life that was unmatched in the world. It was not necessarily a life free from pain or trial, but, it did include gifts and rewards that the rest of the world could only dream of. In fact, as the world looks on, they become increasingly frustrated and angry, because clearly something is different.
Simply put, the reverent see the life they are given as a treasure. A treasure that is not to be taken for granted or hoarded, but, instead it is treated as a life gladly shared and fearlessly embraced. We live and give generously. The righteous seek God first, but share him in all that they do. His chosen do not hide from the world–instead they show the world that Christ is the difference–then, the world can choose to embrace the truth or continue to defy it. It is no secret–A life walking with Christ is exceedingly more fulfilling than one that is separate from God–Like the psalmist, we simply need to embrace the reverent life, and share it with others.
God Bless You
Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!
In a society where the government and the education system are “Hell-Bent” on eradicating God every public place, meeting or discussion; it is easy to lose our reverence for God. We can continue to love him, admire him, and need him–but, as it relates to respect and honor, we sometimes fall into the trap, the world sets for us.
The psalmist reminds us all of the amazing God we SERVE. Yes, serve. We are not little divas that ring a bell or click our fingers; only to have God meet our daily whims and whimsy. Instead, we are wretched sinners, saved by grace and given the ability to worship God and follow him. He loves us and offers us a full and meaningful life on earth and an eternal life with him in heaven.
The reality is, however, that while he loves us totally and unconditionally–he still is the master of the universe. As such, we not only get to know and love him–but, we must give him the reverence he has earned. Humble yourself before almighty God, and see if he will not do amazing things in your life,as you follow him on this amazing journey.
God Bless You